EYW Model Aircraft Flight Information

Model aircraft operators that are planning to fly within 5 statute miles of the Key West International Airport (EYW) must comply with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) “Special Rule for Model Aircraft (Section 336 of Public Law 112-95)” that specifies “the operator of the [model] aircraft provides the airport operator and the airport air traffic control tower (when an air traffic facility is located at the airport) with prior notice of the operation.” This rule applies to operators flying for hobby or recreational purposes only.

In addition, the FAA has established different operating rules for commercial operations than the parameters set forth in Section 336. These commercial operations are authorized in accordance with Section 333 of Public Law 112-95 and require a certificated pilot to operate a registered UAS.

If you are planning to fly your model aircraft in the beautiful Florida Keys, you should take the following steps to ensure that you are complying with the local and federal statutory requirements.

  1. Review and understand the requirements of Sections 336 & 333, noted above.
    https://www.faa.gov/uas/
  2. Review and understand City of Key West Ordinance Chapter 26, Article VI (Unmanned Aircraft) Sections 26-300 – 26-303.
    https://www.municode.com/library/fl/key_west/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=SPAGEOR_CH26EN_ARTVIUNAI_S26-302PR
  3. Know the location of Key West Naval Air Station at Boca Chica Field and be sure to meet all the requirements of Sections 336 & 333 and understand that the Navy also has an Air Traffic Control Tower.
  4. If able, use the FAA “B4UFLY” available in both the App Store and Google Play Store which pulls information from FAA data sources and packages it into a user-friendly format with flight status indicators (red, orange, or yellow) driven by laws and regulations, including Public Law 112-95, Section 336 (the Special Rule for Model Aircraft), FAA airspace regulations, and U.S. National Park Service regulations.
  5. If you have determined that you are planning to fly your aircraft within 5 statute miles of the Key West International Airport, use the EYW Model Aircraft Flight Request Form below to NOTIFY the EYW Airport and to receive AUTHORIZATION from the EYW Air Traffic Control tower.

ATTENTION!
Model Aircraft operations are strictly NOT AUTHORIZED without specific approval from the EYW Air Traffic Control tower and any such operation would be considered to be endangering the National Airspace System which could result in the City of Key West and/or the FAA taking enforcement action against YOU!

Have fun, be in compliance and fly safe!